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Immigrant She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.30.2016 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As a second generation American, I am grateful for the opportunities with which I am blessed today. For this column, I decided to profile some women immigrants who contributed significantly to our country.

First Nighter: Musicals "Atomic," "The Mapmaker's Opera," "ValueVille"

David Finkle | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Atomic, at the Acorn, is the show that asks the musical question: Once the A-bomb was realized, was it wise to use it? Coming up with an answer requi...

Celebrating 75 Years of Nuclear Fission

Erik Rancatore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Erik Rancatore

75 years ago, fission was an idea that was thought only to exist in theory. At the time it was thought impossible to split an atom without causing som...

Cosmic Rays' Mysterious Origins Revealed

| Posted 02.16.2013 | Science

By Daniel Clery For the past century, physicists have puzzled over cosmic rays, particles (mostly protons) that hurtle through space at high spe...

Where Are They?

Mario Livio | Posted 03.20.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

If our Milky Way galaxy and the universe at large are indeed teeming with intelligent extraterrestrial (ET) civilizations, why haven't we seen any sign of them yet? In other words, where are they? This mystery has become known as the "Fermi paradox."

Educating for Democracy: Climate Change and 'Denihilism'

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Unless we as a nation "grow up" emotionally and intellectually and deal with our serious problems rather than through "denihilism," future generations will look back at us and curse us for our ignorance.

Where Are the Aliens? Fermi Paradox Redux

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Seth Shostak

We don't see any evidence extraterrestrial life. Does that mean that Homo sapiens is the smartest species within 100 thousand light-years? That would be remarkable and, judging by my daily interaction with said species, scary.

Bad Dreams From My Grandfather

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Bruno Sanz

Shadowy non-state actors contemplate flattening an American city with a device smuggled into the United States at one hundred possible ports of entry.